In December, GOL's air traffic demand grew by 34.8% in relation to the
same period last year, reflecting both the company's better positioning in its
markets in 2009 (higher frequency and regularity between
Consequently, domestic market demand grew by 36.2% in relation to
International demand was up 23.9% in relation to
As a result, in December of 2009, GOL registered a total load factor of
76.3%. The load factor was 77.1% in the domestic market and 70.3% in the
international market. The load factor in the international market was 21.4
percentage points higher than the 48.9% posted in
December December % Chg November % Chg Operating Data 2009* 2008* (YoY) 2009* (MoM) Total System ASK (mm) (1) 3,702.9 3,240.8 14.3% 3,433.5 7.8% RPK (mm) (2) 2,827.0 2,097.3 34.8% 2,458.1 15.0% Load Factor(3) 76.3% 64.7% +11.6pp 71.6% +4.7pp Domestic Market ASK (mm) (1) 3,278.6 2,748.1 19.3% 3,040.5 7.8% RPK (mm) (2) 2,528.7 1,856.6 36.2% 2,204.1 14.7% Load Factor (3) 77.1% 67.6% +9.5pp 72.5% +4.6pp International Market ASK (mm) (1) 424.3 492.7 -13.9% 393 8.0% RPK (mm) (2) 298.3 240.7 23.9% 253.9 17.5% Load Factor (3) 70.3% 48.9% +21.4pp 64.6% +5.7pp
( * ) Data for
GOL has been maintaining its disciplined strategy of expanding capacity in order to maximize its operating income. In December, the company expanded its domestic capacity by 19.3%, while demand increased by 36.2%. This strategy was clearly more effective in the international market, where GOL contracted its capacity by 13.9%, while demand increased by 23.9%.
As a result of the gradual recovery in yields following the scenario of
increased price competition, net yield showed recovery once again in December,
reaching slightly more than
Operating Data 4T09 4T08 % Chg 3T09 % Chg Total System - Quarter ASK (mm) (1) 10,592.0 9,460.1 12.0% 10,212.7 3.7% RPK (mm) (2) 7,770.8 5,629.1 38.0% 6,705.8 15.9% Load Factor (3) 73.4% 59.5% +13.9pp 65.7% +7.7pp Operating Data 2009 2008 % Chg Total System - Year ASK (mm) (1) 39,988.0 41,106.9 -2.7% RPK (mm) (2) 26,095.6 25,308.1 3.1% Load Factor (3) 65.3% 61.6% +3.7pp
(1) Available seat kilometers (ASK) is the sum of the products obtained by multiplying the number of seats available on each flight stage by the distance of the average flight stage.
(2) Revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) is the sum of the products obtained by multiplying the number of revenue passengers carried on each flight stage by the average stage distance.
(3) Load factor is the percentage of aircraft seating capacity effectively used, which is calculated by dividing the number of passenger-kilometers flown by the number of seat-kilometers available.
About GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL; Bovespa: GOLL4), the
largest low-cost and low-fare airline in
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